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Crews start excavating historic Hanford landfills

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Two landfills that held the household waste of the people who built the first Hanford nuclear reactor during World War II could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now workers are preparing to dig them up to learn more about the workers who moved cross-country for a top-secret project.

The cultural resources supervisor for Hanford a cleanup contractor, Tom Marceau, says it's a way to get at the social history for a period of World War II. During early Hanford construction men were separated from women in two barracks.

Most of their domestic waste was burned, but glass waste remains, such as bottles that held whiskey and Milk of Magnesia.